Thursday, March 31, 2016

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast - USGS! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

March 31, 2016 - JAPAN - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck south west Japan on Friday (Apr 1), 56 kilometres from Shingu city, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake hit at a depth of 10 km just before midday local time and was felt throughout Wakayama prefecture.

Local media reported the quake initially at magnitude 6.1 with NHK saying Tokaido Shinkansen services were suspended temporarily as a precaution.

No tsunami alert was issued. Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, no damage was expected, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.



USGS shakemap intensity.

Earthquakes are common throughout Japan; more than 750 have been registered in the past year.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences around 20 percent of the world's most powerful earthquakes.

But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even powerful tremors frequently do little damage.

A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, leaving 18,500 people dead or missing, and sending several reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the worst atomic accident in a generation. - Channel News Asia.


Seismotectonics of Japan and Vicinity

The North America plate, Pacific plate, Philippine Sea plate, and Eurasia plate all influence the tectonic setting of Japan, Taiwan, and the surrounding area. Some authors divide the edges of these plates into several microplates that together take up the overall relative motions between the larger tectonic blocks, including the Okhotsk microplate in northern Japan, the Okinawa microplate in southern Japan, the Yangzee microplate in the area of the East China Sea, and the Amur microplate in the area of the Sea of Japan.

The seafloor expression of the boundary between the Pacific and North America plates lies 300 km off the east coasts of Hokkaido and Honshu at the Kuril-Kamchatka and Japan trenches. The subduction of the Pacific plate beneath the North America plate, at rates of 83-90 mm/yr, generates abundant seismicity, predominantly as a result of interplate slip along the interface between the plates. The 1958 M 8.4 Etorofu, 1963 M 8.6 Kuril, 2003 M 8.3 Tokachi-Oki, and the 2011 M 9.0 Tohoku earthquakes all exemplify such megathrust seismicity. The 1933 M 8.4 Sanriku-Oki earthquake and the 1994 M 8.3 Shikotan earthquake are examples of intraplate seismicity, caused by deformation within the lithosphere of the subducting Pacific plate (Sanriku-Oki) and of the overriding North America plate (Shikotan), respectively.


USGS plate tectonics for the region.


At the southern terminus of the Japan Trench the intersection of the Pacific, North America, and Philippine Sea plates forms the Boso Triple Junction, the only example of a trench-trench-trench intersection in the world. South of the triple junction the Pacific plate subducts beneath the Philippine Sea plate at the Izu-Ogasawara trench, at rates of 45-56 mm/yr. This margin is noteworthy because of the steep dip of the subducting Pacific plate (70° or greater below depths of 50 km depth), and because of its heterogeneous seismicity; few earthquakes above M 7 occur at shallow depths, yet many occur below 400 km. The lack of large shallow megathrust earthquakes may be a result of weak coupling at the plate interface, or simply a reflection of an incomplete earthquake catalog with respect to the length of typical seismic cycles.

The northernmost section of the Philippine Sea plate shares a 350 km boundary with the North America plate that runs approximately east-west from the Boso Triple Junction towards the Izu Peninsula. This short boundary is dominated by the subduction of the Philippine Sea plate beneath Japan along the Sagami Trough, but also includes small sections of transform motion.

The subduction of the Philippine Sea plate under the Eurasia plate begins at the Suruga Trough, immediately southwest of the Izu peninsula. In the northern Tōkai, Tonankai and Nankai sections of this subduction zone, historical data indicate M 8+ earthquake recurrence intervals of 100-150 years. The Tonankai and Nankai sections last ruptured in M 8.1 earthquakes in 1944 and 1946, respectively, while the Tōkai section last broke in 1854. In the 1980's studies began to forecast the imminence of a large earthquake in the Tōkai region, and warned of its potential impact on the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama (the two largest cities in Japan); to date, the expected event has not occurred.

The boundary between the Philippine Sea and Eurasia plates continues south and southwestwards from the Suruga Trough, extending 2000 km along the Nankai and Ryukyu trenches before reaching the island of Taiwan. Along the Ryukyu Trench, the Philippine Sea plate exhibits trench normal subduction at rates increasing from 48 mm/yr in the northeast to 65 mm/yr in the southwest. Convergence and the associated back-arc deformation west of the oceanic trench creates the Ryukyu Islands and the Okinawa Trough. The largest historic event observed along this subduction zone was the M 8.1 Kikai Island earthquake in 1911.

In the vicinity of Taiwan the structure of the Philippine Sea: Eurasia plate boundary and the associated pattern of seismicity becomes more complex. 400 km east of Taiwan a clockwise rotation in the trend of the margin (from NE-SW to E-W), paired with an increase in subduction obliquity creates a section of the plate boundary that exhibits dextral transform and oblique thrusting motions. South of Taiwan the polarity of subduction flips; the Eurasia plate subducts beneath the Philippine Sea plate. Debate surrounds contrasting models of the plate boundary position between the zones of oppositely verging subduction, and the boundary's relation to patterns of seismicity. Many studies propose that crustal thickening causes the majority of regional seismicity, while others attribute seismicity to deformation associated with subduction. Another resolution proposes a tear in the Philippine Sea plate and a complex assortment of subduction, transform, and collisional motion. All the models concede that seismicity around the island of Taiwan is anomalously shallow, with few earthquakes deeper than 70km.

While there are no instances of an earthquake Magnitude greater than 8 in the modern record, Taiwan and its surrounding region have experienced eight Magnitude greater than 7.5 events between 1900 and 2014. The dominance of shallow Magnitude less than 8 earthquakes suggests fairly weak plate boundary coupling, with most earthquakes caused by internal plate deformation. The 1935 M 7.1 Hsinchu-Taichung earthquake and the 1999 M 7.6 Chi-Chi Earthquake both exemplify the shallow continental crust thrust faulting that dominates regional seismicity across the island. A major tectonic feature of the island is the Longitudinal Valley Fault, which ruptures frequently in small, shallow earthquakes. In 1951, the Longitudinal Valley Fault hosted twelve Magnitude greater than or equal to 6 events known as the Hualien-Taitung earthquake sequence.

Large earthquakes in the vicinity of Japan and Taiwan have been both destructive and deadly. The regions high population density makes shallow earthquakes especially dangerous. Since 1900 there have been 13 earthquakes (9 in Japan, 4 in Taiwan) that have each caused over 1000 fatalities, leading to a total of nearly 200,000 earthquake related deaths. In January 1995 an earthquake that ruptured a southern branch of the Japan Median Tectonic Line near the city of Kobe (population 1.5 million) killed over 5000 people. The 1923 Kanto earthquake shook both Yokohama (population 500,000, at that time) and Tokyo (population 2.1 million), killing 142,000 people. The earthquake also started fires that burned down 90% of the buildings in Yokohama and 40% of the buildings in Tokyo. Most recently, the M9.0 Tohoku earthquake, which ruptured a 400 km stretch of the subduction zone plate boundary east of Honshu, and the tsunami it generated caused over 20,000 fatalities.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

- USGS.






FIRE IN THE SKY: The Latest Fireball Sightings - Disintegrating Fireballs Explode Over Manitoba, Canada And Catalonia, Spain; Strange Object Spotted Falling From The Sky Over South West England; And Rare Meteorite Fragments Discovered From March Fireball In Stubenberg, Germany! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

© Via YouTube/Cloud
March 31, 2016 - SPACE - The following constitutes several of the latest reports of fireballs, seen in the skies, across the globe.


Disintegrating fireballs explode over Manitoba, Canada and Catalonia, Spain

Two bright fireballs were recorded in Canada and Spain end of March 2016.The Spanish bolide slowly disintegrated in the sky of Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC. The Canadian space rock was captured flying through the night sky of Churchill, Manitoba. Awesome!

This wonderful slow-moving fireball overflew Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC and was recorded by cameras at the Folgueroles AAO-CSIC-IEEC station (Pep Pujols/J.M.Trigo).

WATCH: The fireball experienced periodic changes in its luminosity due to the fast spinning of the meteoroid when it penetrated Earth's atmosphere.



Fireball filmed in the sky of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on March 26, 2016.

WATCH: There is no comment on the video. But the video of this exploding fireball is awesome.



Did you hear any booms or weird noises related to these two sky events?

- Strange Sounds.


Strange object spotted falling from the sky over South West England

These photos were captured by Gudrun Limbrick this evening.
© Gudrun Limbrick

People have been coming up with possible explanations including a meteorite, plane entrails or a strange cloud. It was seen from all over North Devon including in Combe Martin and Braunton.

Gudrun said: "I live in Woolacombe and popped my head out the door to have a look at the post-sunset sky about 8pm. I watched it for about 20 minutes as it moved down the sky and changed shape."

Do you think you know what the object might be? If so get in touch by emailing fran@northdevonjournal.co.uk - North Devon Journal.



Rare meteorite fragments discovered from March fireball in Stubenberg, Germany

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite -
mostly stone with very little metal inside. This image shows how the meteorite looks under the polarising microscope

Scientists have discovered fragments from an extremely rare meteorite strike that took place above Germany earlier this month.

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside.

The latest fragments, which struck the earth in the municipality of Stubenberg in Bavaria, are already being studied excitedly by experts, who anticipate more fragments will still turn up.

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March.


The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March (pictured)
Meteorite expert Professor Dr Addi Bischoff from the Institute for Planetary Studies at the University of Munster (WWU) said: 'Alert sky watchers spotted the meteorites burning into the atmosphere on 6 March.

'By analysing images of the entry, we were able to locate the impact point and find fragments on the ground, in total weighing 40g.

'What we have found so far from studying the fragments indicates that the main body of the meteorite had been struck several times by other celestial objects.

'The fragment that came into our atmosphere had probably broken off from the main body of the meteorite after one of these collisions.

'The main body of the asteroid is one of hundreds of thousands of asteroids travelling on a route between Mars and Jupiter.'

Although hundreds of meteorites come into the Earth's atmosphere to create shooting stars, most of these burn up before they get anywhere near the ground.

Very occasionally, however, meteorites make it all the way to the ground.


By analysing images of the entry, researchers were able to locate the impact point and find fragments on the ground, in total weighing 40g (pictured centre)


In Germany, experts say a meteorite actually strikes the ground only once every eight years or so, with the last time happening at Braunschweig - also known as Brunswick - in 2013 and before that at Neuschwanstein in 2002.

Dr Bischoff said strikes were extremely rare in Germany and added: 'In the last seven years, there has been one striking the ground on average every eight years.'

And he added that none of these were spectacular as the one which struck Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013 that left hundreds of people injured with its explosive impact.

It is likely that the fragment may also be worth a substantial amount of money.

Earlier this week it was announced that a collection of some of the largest chunks of meteorite to have been found on the Earth to go on sale at auction for an estimated £3.4 million.

Among the 83 space rocks is the only meteoroid that has killed and a chunk of the fireball which tore through the skies over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, hospitalising 112 people.

Some of the scorched chunks of iron and stone look primeval in their appearance while others have an almost jewel-like beauty despite their fiery descent through the atmosphere. - Daily Mail.








OMEN: Plagues & Pestilences - Two-Headed Calf Born Near Blyth, Canada And Cow Born With Two Heads In Albania?!

The 2 headed calf born on local beef farmer Les Cladwell's farm, examined at the University of Guelph.

March 31, 2016 - EARTH - A two-headed baby cow has been born in a Albanian village leaving hundreds of villagers baffled. Meanwhile, a cow in Blyth, Canada gave birth to a calf with two heads.

Two-headed calf born near Blyth, Canada

They say two heads are better than one.

But that wasn't the case when local beef farmer Les Caldwell's cow gave birth to a two-headed calf.

Caldwell says he was shocked by the discovery, and after consulting a local vet, determined that the best course of action was to euthanize the animal, who couldn't even stand.

"It couldn't stand or function properly, so the most humane thing to do, unfortunately, was put it down. I don't want to see an animal, or anything for that matter, suffer," says Caldwell.

After the animal was euthanized, it was sent to the University of Guelph, and after a post mortem, it was determined that the rest of the animal seemed completely normal after the head. It had four legs, a tail, and two ears. However, the animal was born with four eyes, two noses, two esophagus and even two separate brains.

This type of occurrence is rare, with some studies suggesting that Caldwell would have had a better chance of winning the lottery 14 times. Caldwell says a friend mentioned this to him, and he thought maybe it was a sign.

"I thought I maybe should grab some lottery tickets if that's the case! If it is as rare as they suggest, maybe I should try my luck," he says.

Those studies also suggest it was more likely to be struck by lightning 500 times, or be eaten by a shark 35 times, saying this type of birth irregularity is very rare, particularly in North America. - BBN.



Cow born with two heads in Albania

DOUBLE: The calf born in Albania has two heads, two noses, two sets of eyes and two mouths.  © CEN

A two-headed baby cow has been born in a village leaving hundreds of villagers baffled.

The calf, who has yet to be named, left locals stunned after it was cut out of its mother's stomach at a farm in the village of Bulo in southern Albania's Gjirokaster County.

Because of the calf's size and deformity, the mother cow died in labour.

And when the owner cut open her stomach he was dumbfounded to find the two-headed calf looking up at him.

The unusual calf has two heads, two noses, two sets of eyes and two mouths.


BAD OMEN: Some residents believe it is a warning of 'all the evils in the world' © CEN


Villagers say they have never seen anything like it and cannot begin to explain how it happened.

But local media has speculated that it could be the result of poor nutrition or genetically modified foods.

The birth follows that of another two-headed calf born in Peru last year.

In August 2015, villagers in the remote north-western village of Vista Alegre were left divided over the birth of the animal, with some seeing it as bringing good luck, and others saying it was a bad omen.

Some believed that the calf, born in the north west Albania, had been sent by God as a warning about all the evils in the world.

But others believed it was a mythical birth or that the cow must may have gone through a swamp when she was in season.

The Albanian calf is still alive and is currently being looked after by its owners who are feeding it with milk from a bottle. - Star.





ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Professional Surfer Loses Most Of His Thigh In Shark Attack At Kiama, Australia?! [VIDEO]

File photo.
March 31, 2016 - AUSTRALIA - A professional surfer was mauled by a shark off the Australian east coast on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Brett Connellan, 22, was flown by helicopter to Sydney's St. George Hospital in serious condition after he was attacked 120 kilometers (75 miles) to the south off a beach near Kiama, a police statement said.

He sustained injuries to a thigh and a hand in the attack off Bombo Beach at 7 p.m. and was helped 100 meters (yards) to shore by a fellow surfer, Joel Trist, police said.


Photo taken shows a surfer in the ocean at Bondi Beach in Sydney.(Photo: Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images)

Trist told reporters on Thursday he paddled as fast as he could toward his friend when he heard him scream. The shark had vanished before Trist covered the 50 meters (yards).

"I said to him: 'What's it like?' and he said: 'It's not good.' And at that point I knew something was horribly wrong," Trist said.

Trist said he dragged his friend on to Trist's board and the pair caught a wave to shore.




Ambulance Service spokesman Terry Morrow said two beachgoers who were off-duty nurses saved Connellan's life by applying a tourniquet made from a surfboard leg rope to his upper thigh before paramedics reached the scene.

"He had lost a large proportion of his left thigh, and the quad muscle was torn away right down to the bone," Terry Morrow told the Illawarra Mercury newspaper.


WATCH: Pro surfer mauled by shark in Australia.




"He could've bled to death before we arrived on scene. He was very lucky the members of the public were there and acted as they did," Morrow said.

Connellan did not see the shark. Experts are examining his wounds to determine its size and species. - USA Today.




GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Truck Swallowed By Massive Sinkhole In Barranquilla, Colombia - Incredible Footage Shows Gaping Chasm In City Centre Road! [VIDEO]

Emergency services work to pull the truck free. © CEN
March 31, 2016 - COLOMBIA - This wagon was swallowed up as a road gave way in the middle of a city centre as this astonishing mobile phone clip shows.

The large truck was sucked backwards into the sinkhole as its driver went along a busy road.

According to reports from WhatsApp users, the driver was caught completely by surprise when suddenly the highway gave way and he ended up with the rear end of his vehicle disappearing into a giant hole.


 The driver was unhurt and walked away from the crash. © CEN

The video show the large green truck half submerged in the hole that is in the cement road, surrounded by rubble. The driver's cab luckily stayed intact and the driver, although in shock, was unhurt.

The driver said: "The road caved in as I was turning round the corner, I was bumped around but nothing serious."

The road has been closed as emergency services work to clear the site.

When asked what the owner of the truck had said the driver responded that he seemed unconcerned about the driver and was mainly worried about the money.

He said: "He is waiting for news from the insurance people."

The incident happened in the city of Barranquilla, in the northern Colombia.


WATCH: Truck swallowed by huge sinkhole.




- Mirror.







EARTH CHANGES: Monumental Signs Of The Times - Extreme Weather, Mass Animal Die-Offs And Meteor Fireballs In March 2016! [VIDEO]

© YouTube / Hawkkey Davis (screen capture)

March 31, 2016 - EARTH - Sea life washing up dead - Earth opening up to swallow rivers and vehicles - Record rainfall in Peru, flooding in Rio de Janeiro - Loud booms of unknown origin shaking homes - Strongest earthquake so far in 2016 hits Indonesia - Meteors lighting up the night sky - Yet another '1-in-1,000-years' rain event flooding central and southern US - Heavy snow in Mexico - A year's worth of rain in one day flooding Persian Gulf states...

This series does not mean the world is ending! These are videos showing a series of extreme weather events that are leading to bigger Earth Changes. If you're following the series, you're seeing the signs. It's much more than one video...


WATCH: Monumental Earth Changes in March, 2016.




- Hawkkey Davis.










EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Strong El Nino Influencing Our Weather Is Now Rapidly Weakening - CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY What Will Happen Next?!

© NASA Earth Observatory

March 31, 2016 - EARTH - The strong El Nino that has influenced our weather for much of the winter is now rapidly weakening.  But there is considerable uncertainty what will happen next: will next year be a neutral (La Nada) or La Nina period?

Lets start by look at the sea surface temperature anomalies (differencea from normal) for a few areas in the tropical Pacific.  The Nino3.4 area is often cited, and as you can see, this temperature anomaly has dropped from 3 to 1.5 C...a big drop.  Even more dramatic is the decline in the temperature of the Nino1+2 area near the coast.




Even more dramatic, is the change in heat content of the upper ocean in the central and eastern tropical Pacific (see below),  from well above normal to BELOW normal.



You can visualize this change by looking at vertical cross sections through the upper tropical Pacific ocean at several times during the past few months.  The red area...a layer of warm water near the surface has greatly weakened and thinned.



So what will happen next winter?  This is a bad time to ask the question, since the skill of our models, both dynamical (physics-based) and statistical, are poor during the early early to mid spring.  Virtually all show a weakening of the strong El Nino of this winter, but some show a weak El Nino continuing, some showing near neutral conditions, and a few even suggesting a La Nina (cooler than normal waters).




In short, there is large uncertainty in our predictions for next winter and we will have to wait until June or July to have a better idea. - Cliff Mass Weather Blog.








ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Elephant Kills Mahout In Kerala, India?!

The elephant that was chained by local people after it killed its mahout at Pulamanthole on Tuesday.

March 31, 2016 - INDIA - A few injured, property and vehicles damaged

An elephant ran amok during a temple festival at Pulamanthole on Tuesday, killing its mahout, injuring a few others and destroying property and vehicles.

The elephant's mahout, P.V. Anil from Pathanamthitta, was killed when he attempted to control the tusker. The elephant had been brought for the festival of Paloor Alanchery Bhagavati Temple.

The elephant ran along the road for about three kms and entered the Government Higher Secondary School compound, panicking the children who were taking exams.

The children were shifted to higher floors of the school building.

Local people later chained the elephant to a nearby plot. - The Hindu.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Massive Sinkhole Opens Up, Causing Evacuation of Homes In Tarpon Springs, Florida! [VIDEO]

Possible sinkhole in Tarpon Springs (WTSP)

March 30, 2016 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - Authorities are responding to a depression that was reported as a sinkhole that opened up in Tarpon Springs.

The hole is near Tarpon Shores Mobile Home Community at US-10 and Mango Street. Authorities say it is 60 feet wide and 35 feet deep. Six mobile homes have been evacuated as a precaution.

Pinellas County Utilities crews are working to divert water flow from a broken 30-inch sewer force main.

To reduce pressure on the water force main, all residents east of Lake Tarpon and north of East Lake

Woodlands are being asked to avoid unnecessary use of water.

There is no boil water notice at this time.


WATCH: Sinkhole opens up in Tarpon Springs.




- KHOU.




SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Weather Phenomenon - Strange Feather-Like Iridescent Cloud Appears Over Warwick, Australia And Another Massive Shelf Cloud Engulfs Florida! [PHOTOS]

by Kerri Trusz

March 30, 2016 - EARTH - Here are more extraordinary cloud formations, as magnetic polar migration creates symptomatic evidence of Earth's monumental transformation.

Strange feather-like iridescent cloud appears over Warwick, Australia

The rainbow cirrus cloud also known as "feather clouds" or "mares tails" really looks like a feather floating in the evening sky.

Cloud iridescence is the occurrence of colors in a cloud. It is a fairly uncommon phenomenon, most often observed in altocumulus, cirrocumulus, lenticular clouds and cirrus clouds.

Iridescence is generally produced near the sun. Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. Larger ice crystals produce halos.


by Kerri Trusz

by Kerri Trusz



If parts of clouds have small droplets or crystals of similar size, their cumulative effect is seen as colors. The cloud must be optically thin, so that most rays encounter only a single droplet.

Iridescence is therefore mostly seen at cloud edges or in semi-transparent clouds, and newly forming clouds produce the brightest and most colorful iridescence.


In our case, the feather-like cirrus cloud photographed by Kerri Trusz, commonly found of altitudes of 20,000 feet (6,455 m) or higher, was most probably composed of hexagonal ice crystals.


Another massive shelf cloud engulfs Florida on March 29, 2016

According to pictures and videos shared, another massive shelf cloud engulfed the sky of Florida on March 29, 2016.

Just enjoy the amazing power of nature.


Carolina Rodriguez

Heather Barroso

Kimberly Kratky

Megan Kresse Lubin

Johanna Cepero

- Strange Sounds.



 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Kanlaon Volcano Erupts In The Philippines - Remains Under Alert Level 1!

Kanlaon Volcano erupts.

March 30, 2016 - PHILIPPINES - The Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Oriental province erupted at 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday (March 29), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory.

The eruption that lasted for 12 minutes produced a volcanic plume 1500 meters above the crater and a "booming sound" was heard in some barangays near the volcano.

According to the same advisory posted on the agency's social media account, "traces of light ashfall were reported in Sitio Guintubdan, Brgy. Ara-al, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental."

According to Police Supt. Frankie Lugo, chief of the Canlaon City in Negros Oriental, several fire balls, which were coming from the crater of the volcano, started to flow following a booming sound.

A thick cloud also formed after the minor explosion but faded minutes later, Lugo said.


WATCH: Kanlaon volcano erupts.




The Kanlaon Volcano remains under Alert Level 1.

"It is at an abnormal condition and is in a period of current unrest," Phivolcs said in its advisory.

The local government units are not allowing people to enter the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Entry is strictly prohibited "due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phereatic eruptions."

Phivolcs also asked Civil Aviation authorities to advise pilots "to avoid flying close to the volcano's summit as airborne as from a sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft."

Authorities are sill monitoring the volcano's activity as of posting time.

The volcano, which has been one of the most active in the country, last erupted on December 27, 2015. - CNN.





 

OMEN: Apocalypse Cow - Does A Two-Headed Calf Born In Yorkshire, UK Mean The End Of The World?!

Unlike other cases its heads were seperated at the neck.  © NBpress

March 30, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM - The world held its breath today amid Doomsday fears of an apocalypse - after a two-headed calf was born in Yorkshire.

The rare phenomenon of animals being with two heads is considered in many cultures to be a portent of disaster.

Dairy farmer Shaun Sowray, 55, told how the calf was delivered by Caesarean section on March 3 at his family farm in Harrogate, North Yorks.


Other two-headed calves have been recorded in Peru, Georgia and the US.  © NBpress

Unlike other cases recorded, its heads were separated at the neck and it was born with four eyes, four ears, two mouths and four nostrils.

Experts say it is so rare that chances of it happening are one in 400 million - but warn of ancient mythology that claims the "monstrous" creature is an omen from God.

Stunned Shaun, 55, said: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it.

"The cow was enormous. We actually thought she was going to have twins.

"I felt inside her and she was perfectly normal. She had fully dilated.

"I could feel the tips of the feet and the nose of the calf, but as I tried to pull it out I could see she was wincing in pain.

"I called the local vet and she came out to assist.

"She got it a little bit further forward.

"We started pulling and again she was wincing in pain so we stopped and started preparing for a Caesarian."


Shaun, left, and his nephew Stephen who helped the vet pull the calf out.  © NBpress


His nephew, Stephen, 23, who took over, said: "Me and the vet pulled the calf out.

"We put in on the floor, sorted the cow out and then looked down and I was like 'oh my God'.

"That's when we saw it had two heads.

"They were completely separated at the neck.

"It wasn't like they shared the same head.

"The two heads were perfectly formed. It was just incredible.

"The vet said she had never seen anything like it.

"The cells haven't divided properly."

The calf sadly died shortly after birth.

It was unable to stand up due to the weight of the two heads.

Shaun, who has farmed all of his life, said: "There was nothing out of the ordinary during the pregnancy.

"It's just one of those things. Something from Mother Nature."


Sadly for the farmers, the calf died shortly after birth under the weight of its two heads.  © NBpress

Cases of two-headed calves have been recorded in Peru, the ex-Soviet state of Georgia and in the US.

In Peru villagers feared it would herald disaster and destruction.

Months later it was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Having more than one head is known as polycephaly, with two-headedness more specifically known as 'bicephaly' or 'dicephaly'.


The birth of this two-faced calf in Peru was followed by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. © YouTube

Each head of a polycephalic animal has its own brain, and they share control of the organs and limbs, though the specific structure of the connections varies.

Such animals often move in a disorientated and dizzy fashion, with the brains 'arguing' with each other leading some specimens to simply zig-zag without getting anywhere.

In snakes, each head may attack and even attempt to swallow the other.

There have also been cases in humans.

Twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel, from Minnesota, are dicephalic parapagus twins, which means each has a separate head but their bodies are joined.

In 2015, villagers in Peru were split over whether the two-headed calf was a miracle or a warning from God.

It was born in the community of Vista Alegre, and its two heads were fully formed.

But it did not have the strength to stand up so farmer Edward Villegas Rubio was forced to feed it milk by the bottle.


- The Sun.






 

MASS BIRD DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dozens Of Dead Birds Found Along 1-5 In Redding, California?!

Dead starlings.

 March 30, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - State officials are looking into why as many as 100 starlings were found dead along Interstate 5 north of Redding.

The birds were first spotted on Saturday along the northbound shoulder of I-5 just south of the Wonderland Boulevard exit.

Pete Figura, a biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said it was the first time he had personally heard about a bird die off, but had heard about it before elsewhere.

"And it is often hard to figure out what happened," Figura said. The agency had not come to any conclusions about why the birds died, he said, but with the birds found so close to the freeway, they could have been killed by a passing car or truck, he said. Starlings usually fly in flocks, which would explain why if they were struck by a passing vehicle, they would all be found in close proximity to each other, he said.

An official with the agency collected some of the dead birds for testing to see whether poison or disease could have played a part in the deaths.


Dozens of birds were found dead along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Wonderland Boulevard exit north of Redding.

Figura said his office has received several inquiries about the birds.

Jim Wiegand said he first saw the birds around noon on Sunday. At that time there seemed to be more birds near the road than on Monday, when he returned to take photos.

He said the bird deaths raise many questions. The birds that weren't in the roadway didn't seem to show signs of trauma from crashing into vehicles or being struck. And if they were killed by disease or poison, he wondered why they would all be together.

"It's very unusual," Wiegand said. "It's very bizarre."


Cheyanne Spinks of Shasta Lake said she was on her way to Lake Shasta on Monday when she saw the birds on the side of the freeway and stopped to investigate.

She said she counted 65 birds near the northbound lanes of the freeway and 10 more near the southbound lanes.

- Redding Record Searchlight.





 

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Snow Falls In Damascus, Syria; Early April To Bring Blasts Of Arctic Air And Snow In Midwestern, Northeastern U.S.; Thousands Of People Stranded By Heavy Snowfall In India!

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March 30, 2016 - EARTH - The following articles constitutes several of the latest reports on heavy snowfall, low temperatures and snow storms as global cooling continues across the Earth.

Snow falls in Damascus, Syria

Image above was taken in heights of Damascus area (Zabadani) at 1150 meters.

See image below of coastal area of the highlands (Cadmus) at 1,100 meters.




Thanks to Enal Hasan for these photos and this link. - Ice Age Now.


Early April to bring blasts of arctic air and snow in midwestern, northeastern US



A southward plunge of the polar vortex will direct a couple of blasts of arctic air and potential snow toward portions of the midwestern and northeastern United States during the first week of April.

The main thrusts of the cold air will aim at the Great Lakes, New England and the northern part of the mid-Atlantic at a time when many people are looking forward to increased outdoor spring activities.

Arctic air to deliver shocking cold, hard freezes to the Upper Midwest and Northeast

The first and most dramatic of the two blasts will roll southeastward from Canada this weekend.

The approach and passage of the leading edge of the cold air will be accompanied by gusty winds. Sunday could bring high winds to much of the Northeast, in addition to plunging temperatures.

"Temperatures in the Northeast will be 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal, which will be the largest negative anomalies since Valentines Day," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said. "When the wind is factored in, it will feel a whopping 40-60 degrees colder than it will late this week."





Normal highs during the first week of April are in the lower to middle 50s in Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston, the upper 50s in Pittsburgh and New York City and the 60s in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

For MLB interests in Pittsburgh on Sunday, play could be challenging to say the least, due to a combination of wind and cold. Fans heading to PNC Park should dress in warm layers. Actual temperatures will be no higher than the lower 40s.

Highs may be in the 20s and 30s during multiple days from western and northern New York state to central and northern New England. AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures can be 10-20 degrees lower than the actual temperature at times. A second press of cold air is likely during next week.

The southward extent of the cold will depend upon whether or not a storm strengthens along the Atlantic coast. A strong storm near the coast could pull cold air well to the south in its wake.

It is possible for frost and freezing temperatures on one or two nights as far south as parts of the Tennessee Valley and southern Piedmont areas at the height of the cold air outbreaks.

The penetrating cold could pose a risk for budding and blossoming fruit trees, bushes and vines.

In many cases, budding and blossoming is occurring two to four weeks earlier than last year. For example, the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., reached peak on March 25 this year, compared to April 10, 2015. The average peak bloom date is around April 4, according to the National Park Service.

Snow likely to accompany cold blasts


As the arctic air passes over the open waters of the Great Lakes, rounds of lake-effect snow will erupt.

Typically, by April, lake-effect snow events are insignificant. However, since the air will be much colder than the water, bands of heavy lake-effect snow can set up downwind of the lakes.

"This is the type of setup, where a couple of snow showers could be seen east of the Appalachians to the Interstate-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and New England in the depths of the cold air later this weekend into early next week," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.

The potential for snow may go beyond lake-effect and spotty snow showers.

A couple of Alberta clipper storms will swing southeastward and could produce periods of steady snow, well away from the traditional lake-effect snow belts.

Spanning Saturday to Sunday (April 2-3), one period of snow may swing from northern Minnesota to New York state, northern Pennsylvania and New England.




Another period of snow could track farther to the south in parts of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic region spanning Sunday night to Tuesday (April 3-5).


The second clipper storm could bring snow for the MLB game on Monday in Cleveland. The second clipper has the potential to strengthen near the Atlantic coast with perhaps more extensive precipitation on Tuesday. - Accuweather.


Thousands of people stranded by heavy snowfall in India

Thousands of Kargil bound passengers in Srinagar and Jammu have been stranded after heavy snowfall in Kargil district.

The Srinagar-Leh road again closed after it was opened in the first week of March after remaining closed for three months.

The administration said many patients are still waiting for AN32 Service in Jammu and Srinagar.

J&K Legislative Council Chairman Haji Anayat Ali and MLA Kargil Asgar Karbalai had earlier demanded that IL76 army aircraft may be put in service to ferry the stranded passengers from Jammu to Leh and from Srinagar to Leh.

In response to that Government of India had managed C-17 Indian Air Force aircraft to lift stranded passengers but the passengers said the arrangements need to be made on a larger scale.

Meanwhile, an additional 64 people – including women and children – were stranded by heavy snowfall at the Nasta Chhun Pass, according to an army statement.

“On 24 March 16 in late hours, 10 light vehicle carrying 64 civilians and 12 load carriers were caught in deep snow and raging snow blizzard near Nasta Chun Pass endangering the lives of the commuters.

The army detachment at Nasta Chun Pass received the SOS call at 2200 hours from the stranded civilians and the Avalanche Rescue Team from Nasta Chun Pass was immediately sprung into action to provide assistance to the stranded civilians,” Army statement said, adding, “The team reached the incident site despite strong snow blizzards and rescued all the civilians.”

Army said the stranded vehicles were provided a safe track by manually clearing the snow. The rescue operation was again launched in the early hours to pull out twelve heavily loaded trucks using dozer of GREF. - Rising Kashmir.





WEATHER PHENOMENON: Intense Columnar Vortex - Waterspout Filmed Off Torrey Pines, California; And Waterspout Filmed in Grand Bahama! [VIDEOS]

A waterspout spotted off of Torrey Pines.@ pittsburghsteez

March 30, 2016 - EARTH - A waterspout was seen by San Diegans over Torrey Pines, California Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Grand Bahama after lightning and waterspouts appeared in Freeport on Tuesday.


Waterspout filmed off Torrey Pines, California

According to NOAA's National Weather Service, waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.


WATCH: Waterspout seen over Torrey Pines.




Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water.

They have the same characteristics as a land tornado, according to the NOAA's National Weather Service. - CBS8.


Waterspout filmed in Grand Bahama

Forecaster Neil Armstrong advised people to remain indoors and stay away from windows. The department also advised people not to go into the water and harbour personnel should be particularly careful while at marinas protect to their vessels.
Strong lightning strikes were seen throughout the day. A cell phone video was sent to The Tribune, showing a waterspout that was spotted near a food store on Queen's Highway in Grand Bahama.

"There are some possible further waterspouts and some possible tornado warnings due to a frontal boundary pushing into northwest Bahamas," Mr Armstrong said.

The current weather warning was issued at 4.30pm and will last until 8pm on Tuesday, after which other updates may follow.


WATCH: Waterspout in Grand Bahama.




- The Tribune.





 

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Sounds Heard Across The Planet - Strange And Loud Explosions Heard In Agawam, Massachusetts?!


March 30, 2016 - MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - A series of what people described as loud explosions were heard in Agawam and Suffield, Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday night.

Residents and police reported that they heard a couple of loud noises on Saturday night. Then on Sunday there were three or four more. It was loud enough to shake some houses and scare resident's pets.

22News spoke with the Agawam Police Department and the Fire Department who said they were sent out to look into what the cause was but never found anything.

Most reports came from Barre, South Westfield, and Northwest Field Streets. Suffield police also received reports but couldn't locate the source.

Carl Lovotti of Agawam said, "Yeah, we heard the explosions. I thought this road has a lot of accidents, so we thought there might have been an accident on the street, but we came outside, couldn't see anything; but there was loud explosions that seemed like they came from Connecticut down in Suffield."

One Suffield police dispatcher told 22News that her entire house was shaken by the noise and she is still left wondering what it was. - WWLP.




 

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - 19 Dead Dolphins Found On Georgia's Black Sea Coastline In March?!

A dead dolphin.

March 30, 2016 - GEORGIA - More than a dozen dead dolphins have washed up on Georgia's Black Sea coastline, with authorities unsure why.

A total of 19 dead dolphins were spotted this month washed up along the coastline from Ganmukhuri to Sarpi, agenda.ge reports.

Authorities said they didn't know the exact cause of death but suggested it could be a result of dolphin morbillivirus, a virus that infects marine mammals.


Dead dolphin on Georgia’s Black Sea coastline.


"Experts from the Fishery and the Black Sea Monitoring Department of the National Environmental Agency are carrying out research regarding this issue," authorities said.

Meanwhile they warned citizens to be careful and not to touch the dead dolphins. - News.